The new Toyota Aygo has arrived in South
Africa but does it have enough X-Factor to drive sales in the A segment?
We get quite excited when a new model is launched, and when the next-generation Aygo rolled off the ship in Durban in
October, we were delighted to give it a go. Our first impressions were relatively positive but we recently spent more time with the Aygo to get a better sense of its everyday
liveability. Let’s see how this city slicker weighs up… So what makes the Aygo so attractive? For
starters, that bold X motif in the grille
certainly makes itself known and shouts ‘Look at Me’ to every other car on the road. Mix the X with two-tone styling and the Aygo
suddenly comes to life. Our particular test unit is an X-Play Black derivative meaning that the roof is black, contrasting with an Ice White body. The black roof can also be paired with Cherry Red body colour and buyers can also opt for X-Play Silver, which matches a silver roof with an Ash Grey body. If you're not into two-tone, you can just go for the
stock-standard Aygo, with no contrasting. You decide!
How does the Aygo drive?
The Aygo is fitted with a 3-cylinder
1.0-litre engine that offers 51 kW and 95 Nm of torque. Those are relatively small numbers, but for a small car that weighs only 855kg, it’s enough to get around town at a decent pace. The Aygo is by no means sluggish from robot to robot, but the clutch position does take some getting used to and the throttle does require a heavy foot to get the revs up. The 5-speed transmission shifts nicely through the gears and if driven conservatively, decent fuel
consumption figures can be achieved too. Toyota claims 4.4L/100km on the combined cycle and during our time with the Aygo we managed to achieve in the region of 7L/100km which should be easy to improve upon with a more reserved driving style.
Toyota Aygo Price in South Africa
The Toyota Aygo X-Play Black and Silver
derivative is priced from R139 900 while the base monotone Aygo is priced at R138 900. Prices include 3-year/100 000km warranty while a service plan is offered as an option. If buyers purchase the Aygo before 31
December 2015, Toyota will throw in a 3-year/45 000km service plan to sweeten the deal until the end of 2015.